Wasted!: The Story of Food Waste


Featuring a post-film Q&A with local experts: Jessica Herrera from the Center for Biological Diversity, Megan Carney from University of Arizona’s Center for Regional Food Studies, Chester Phillips from University of Arizona’s Compost Cats, and Yolanda Soto from Borderlands Food Bank/POWWOW. With an introduction by The Loft Cinema Green Team Leaders Clarice Bales and Parisa Eshrati!

Thanks to our community partners: Iskashitaa Refugee Network, Center for Biological Diversity, The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona and P.O.W.W.O.W. (Produce on Wheels With-Out Waste)

The You Sly Dog food truck will be on hand for the event from 5:30-9:30pm.

The Rockefeller Foundation, which in 2016 made a $130 million commitment to cut food waste in half by 2030, supported Zero Point Zero Films and Anthony Bourdain to create WASTED! The Story of Food Waste, a feature-length documentary that will change how people buy, cook and eat food.

“Entertaining and hopeful, as well as informative.” – G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle

Through the eyes of chef-heroes like Bourdain, Dan Barber, Mario Batali, Massimo Bottura, and Danny Bowien, audiences will see how the world’s most influential chefs make the most of every kind of food, transforming what most people consider scraps and rejects into incredible dishes that feed more people and create a more sustainable food system. The film also features several food waste reduction stories all over the world including waste-fed pigs in Japan, a disposal program that has reduced household food waste by 30% in South Korea, and a garden education curriculum New Orleans. WASTED! The Story of Food Waste showcases forward-thinking leaders who show how each of us can make small changes – all of them delicious – to solve one of the greatest problems of the 21st Century. (Dir. by Anna Chai & Nari Kye, 2017, USA, 85 mins., Rated TV-MA)

Yolanda A. Soto is President and CEO of the Borderlands Food Bank, a nonprofit with the mission of helping to feed the vulnerable nutritiously through partnerships with community organizations. Soto has guided Borderlands in rescuing millions of pounds of fresh, nutritious produce that otherwise would have been dumped into the landfill.  Every year Borderlands rescues approximately 30-40 million pounds of fresh produce and distributes it through hundreds of nonprofit organizations. The Nonprofit Times awarded her one of the most influential people of 2015 because of the Arizona produce distribution program known as P.O.W.W.O.W. (Produce on Wheels With Out Waste).

Soto lives in Nogales, Arizona where she was born and raised.  She has dedicated the majority of her life helping the less fortunate with many issues; but the problem of waste and hunger is closest to her heart because she believes that the most basic of human needs and rights is eating nutritiously.

Megan Carney is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Arizona and Director of the Center for Regional Food Studies. Her research interests include transnational migration and the politics of food insecurity. She is the author of the award-winning book “The Unending Hunger: Tracing Women and Food Insecurity Across Borders.”

Chester F. Phillips (Chet) is Project Director and co-founder of the UA Compost Cats (http://www.compostcats.com/), a program of UA Cooperative Extension in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Through his efforts and those of the passionate student leaders of Compost Cats, the program has received an Unsung Hero Award from the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), a Certificate of Recognition from the US EPA for food waste recovery, and a Metropolitan Pima Alliance Award for its partnership with the City of Tucson and the San Xavier Cooperative Farm of the Tohono O’odham Nation. Compost Cats recently received an Honorable Mention award in the Rathmann Challenge grant competition for “Mitigating Climate Change by Expanding the Use of Compost” (http://www.rathmanninnovation.org/challenge/2017-awardees) and won an EPA Border 2020 grant for a new compost operation due to open in summer 2018 in Santa Cruz County to divert approximately 8,000 tons a year of produce waste from the Rio Rico landfill.

Chet has coauthored intergovernmental agreements with the city of Tucson and Tohono O’odham Nation’s San Xavier Co-op Farm that created innovative, tri-institutional partnerships to keep food out of landfills on a large scale in southern Arizona.

Jessica Herrera is a Media Specialist for the Center for Biological Diversity. She coordinates and plans the Center’s communications strategy for the Population and Sustainability Program. The program uses creative media, advocacy and public outreach to highlight and address runaway human population growth and unsustainable consumption — and their close link to the endangerment of other species. The program’s innovative campaigns, like Take Extinction Off Your Plateand the award-winning Endangered Species Condoms project, focus on common-sense solutions for a just and sustainable future, including a healthy and secure food system, the empowerment of women and girls, universal access to reproductive healthcare and education, clean energy and a societal commitment to giving all species a chance to live and thrive.